Nursing Story Slam Submissions

The Nursing Story Slam brings together nurse storytellers from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine to share their true, personal stories that explore the breadth, depth, and diversity of nursing.

Nursing Story Slam Submissions

Want to tell your story? We want to hear it! We are now accepting submissions for the next Nursing Story Slam through the form below. The event will take place on February 22, 2024 from 7pm - 8:30pm ET. Location TBD.

Submissions must be in the context of the event theme. The theme for this year’s event is Perseverance. Defined as “doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success,” perseverance is a state of being for innovators and entrepreneurs. Failure may happen along the way, and that’s ok. It’s about persisting on the journey, learning and adapting. Achieving success means something different for everyone, share with us what it means to you on your journey. If these last few years have taught us nothing else, its that nurses are more persistent than ever and we want to hear your stories of how you have moved forward, in spite of, or because of, difficulty.

Please note: If your application is accepted and you are selected as one of our nurse storytellers, you will be required to attend a 3-hour virtual, synchronous master-storytelling workshop and coaching session with First Person Arts prior to the Nursing Story Slam event. The workshop will include:

  • A presentation by First Person Arts with an example storytelling session
  • A writing session to review the storytelling “building blocks” and then refine your story
  • A storytelling session where storytellers will get to practice performing their stories and receive feedback

The workshop will be held in person or virtually in January 2024. The exact date and time has not yet been determined.

Nurse storytellers will not be permitted to have notes for their Nursing Story Slam performance. We will help you prepare to be the best storyteller you can be!

Any questions, please email us at

The inaugural event was held in February 2019, our second annual event was held in February 2020, and our third annual event in February 2021. Now in its fourth year, the Nursing Story Slam is once again supported through the generosity of Sandy Samberg, Nu’94, GNu’95, and her husband, Joe Samberg. The event is a partnership between Penn Nursing, Penn Medicine, and First Person Arts.

Storyteller Entry Form

“We believe everyone has a story to tell, and sharing those stories connects us with each other and the world.”
– First Person Arts

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